As an alternative to the fee-for-service model, direct primary care practices are on the rise - actually a rebirth of sorts; in the early 20th century prepaid doctor groups were already providing and integrating care for a monthly fee.
The number...National News
The bipartisan plan is co-sponsored by four Republicans, Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins in the Senate and Greg Walden and Ryan Costello in the House.
It hopes to stabilize the ACA , includes three years of funding for reinsurance and cost-sharing reduction payment as well as authorization for new "catastrophic" copper...
The accountable care organization, will pilot a blockchain platform developed by Solve.Care with the goal to improve clinical outcomes, relieve administrative burdens and reduce waste.
Blockchain allows information to be automatically updated across all participants of a chain, reducing or eliminating dependence on a centralized...
In one study, AI could produce 91% accuracy rate in clinical findings.
A group of researchers has just published a study in the journal Radiology that examined the best ways for computer software to be "taught" the difference between normal and abnormal X-ray, CT scan, or MRI findings. Such a building block is needed to eventually...Arizona News
Of the 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia, 140,000 are Arizona residents. By 2025, that number is expected to increase by 42.9 percent, up to 200,000 people in Arizona.
The cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias will surpass $277 billion nationwide, according to a new report released by the...Arizona News
Outpatient clinics opening soon, as two key payers added.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, based in Goodyear, Ariz., is expanding its Valley network with the opening of two Outpatient Care Centers this month, with a third Valley location planned later this year.
Raj Garg, MD, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cancer...National News
In April, the government will start sending out new Medicare cards, a yearlong effort to change how 59 million people enrolled in the federal program are identified.
In the past, Medicare ID cards have been stamped with the Social Security numbers of enrollees, about 50 million seniors and 9 million people with serious disabilities....Arizona Comings & Goings
Scott Nordlund is now the chief strategy and growth officer for Banner Health and a member of its senior leadership team. He was formerly executive VP of Partnership, Growth and Innovation for Select Medical Corp., a national network of specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and occupational health centers.
On...Arizona Comings & Goings
Keith Knutson joined Arizona Care Network as director of analytics in January 2018. He leads ACN’s analytics program and collaborates closely with senior leaders to meet the strategic and
operational reporting needs of the organization. His expertise in innovative reporting solutionswill drive ACN’s analysis of population health...Arizona Comings & Goings
Humana announced that it has hired Paula Kellogg as Regional Vice President, Provider Experience for the Central West Region.
Kellogg will be responsible for oversight of Humana’s Commercial and Medicare provider networks in Humana’s Central West Region, which encompasses Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. In this role, he will be...Arizona Comings & Goings
Advisor to The Hertel Report, Bob Smith, has made the move from chief financial officer to chief executive officer at Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital. That position was previously held by Todd Greene, who is now CEO at BSA Hospital in Amarillo, TX.
Zach Johnson is now CFO at Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital. He was formerly with...National News
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study suggests that Americans are using health care at similar rates to other rich countries, and the real difference is the prices of procedures and treatments.
The United States spends more than any other country and gets much less, at least as measured by life...Arizona News
Theranos, a blood-testing start-up that promised to revolutionize consumers' access to their medical information, was a Silicon Valley darling once valued at $9 billion.
Holmes had a Cinderella angle: a college dropout-turned-chief executive who had assembled a company board filled with powerful ex-government and military leaders and...Arizona News
Female physicians earn 20 percent less than their male counterparts, according to a new study released today by Doximity, a social network for physicians and advanced practice clinicians.
Though physicians overall made 4 percent more across the board in 2017 than in 2016, more than half of the 50 metropolitan statistical areas...Arizona News
Medical respite care for the homeless not only saves money but helps to keep this fragile population off the street.
Circle the City, a Phoenix nonprofit that provides medical respite care for the homeless, was one of five demonstration sites nationwide selected for the study by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and...National News
Oregon Health & Science University trains the first medical students in the U.S. required to pass a tough new test in compassionate communication.
By graduation this spring, fourth year students must be able to show that, in addition to clinical skills, they know how to admit a medical mistake, deliver a death notice and...Arizona News
The study utilizes 62 health indicators to rank the health and well-being of women, infants and children, state by state.
United Health Foundation produces the annual report.
America’s Health Rankings® was built upon the World Health Organization definition of health:
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social...Arizona News
Mainstreet plans to close the Surprise facility, laying off 70 workers.
The Rapid Recovery Center concept is to create buildings with a luxurious feel and to staff them with high-level clinicians, including physicians on site daily. The goal is to be a post-acute provider of choice for managed care systems, by achieving better...
Insurance industry and regulators respond to Trump Administration proposal.
The Department of Labor has proposed rules that allow the formation of "association health plans". Another term to describe the plan is "multiple employer welfare arrangement" (MEWA).
The promise of MEWAs has been to give small employers access to low...
Nurses are a foundation of care in hospitals, and harder to find and retain.
Hospitals across the country are suffering financially as the nursing shortage worsens, according to a new report from Moody’s Investor Service.
As the population gets older and chronic conditions become more prevalent, hospitals are stretched to meet...News
Absorbing Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, could further reshape the roiling health care landscape.
The deal would mark the end of the last major independent pharmacy benefit manager, one that has focused on striking deals with drug companies to lower costs for insurers and employers. Express Scripts...Arizona News
As Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, he will be part of the Senior Leadership Team, reporting to President & CEO Peter S. Fine.
Nordlund's role will be to plan, direct and evaluate the organization’s strategic activities and goals to ensure they meet customer expectations for high quality outcomes and superior service.
Those who said they were willing to sell the data would do so for as little as between $500 and $1,000.
Accenture surveyed 912 qualified employees of health providers (601) and payer organizations (311) from the United States and Canada. All the respondents had access to digital health data, including personally identifiable...